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A facial fat transfer is a surgical procedure that removes excess or unwanted fat cells from a designated area of the body, purifies these cells, and then injects them into the hollow areas of the face to achieve significant facial rejuvenation. The fat is carefully and artfully injected into the face in the areas where there has been volume loss that require more fullness to smooth, lift and contour the features.

Benefits Of A Facial Fat Transfer

A facial fat transfer achieves many benefits for patients who would like to achieve facial rejuvenation:

  • Fewer lines and wrinkles
  • Fuller, more youthful cheeks
  • Reduced hollows at the temples
  • Reduced circles under the eyes, and a smoother contour between the lower eyelids and cheekbones
  • Very minimal scarring
  • Liposuction provides an added benefit of sculpting other areas of the body
  • Less invasive surgery for facial rejuvenation than a facelift
  • A better definition of the jawline
  • Lifted cheekbones
  • Smoothed creases and lines between the brows and on the forehead
  • Contoured, youthful fullness around the nose 
  • Long-lasting results
  • Takes years off the face

What Should I Expect During A Facial Fat Transfer Procedure?

Consultation Before Surgery

Before your procedure, Dr. Tansavatdi will examine your skin and features and discuss your aesthetic goals. During this consultation, you will also determine which area of the body you would like to transfer the fat from. Fat donor areas are typically the thighs, abdomen, buttocks, hips, or any other area where there is excess fat you would like to remove. 

Surgical procedure

The procedure itself begins with local anesthesia to ensure you are comfortable during your treatment. When this has taken effect, the first step is liposuction on the predetermined area to harvest the required fat tissue. This liposuction procedure is performed gently and carefully to ensure as many fat cells as possible are healthy and intact for transfer.

These fat cells are then purified to remove damaged fat cells or impurities from the fat tissue, leaving healthy, purified fat cells for facial injection. Dr. Tansavatdi will then precisely inject the fat cells into the areas of your face that require volume. 

Dr. Tansavatdi will fill sunken or hollow areas, lift the cheeks and contour the lines of the face and jaw. This is a finesse procedure that requires an artistic eye to ensure the fat is injected into the right areas at the right depths to achieve sculpted, beautiful facial rejuvenation. 

What To Expect During Recovery

Every patient is unique, and recovery time varies from person to person. Dr. Tansavatdi generally recommends patients take 1-2 weeks off from work in order to allow plenty of time to rest and heal as they recover from their procedure.

After your surgery, there will be swelling and bruising in the facial areas where fat was injected, and in the area of your body where the donor fat was removed. Swelling and bruising will be more significant during the first several days after your surgery. After this point, the swelling and bruising will begin to substantially subside. 

After about two weeks, most of the remaining swelling will have reduced. While you will feel recovered, the fat tissues will still be settling into their final position in your face. Some of the fat cells will be absorbed by your body after transfer during this period. This is a natural and expected part of your healing after your procedure. It may take up to 4-6 months for your final results to be completely realized.

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How Long Will The Results Of A Facial Fat Transfer Last?

Your facial rejuvenation includes restoration of youthful facial volume and lifted and sculpted facial contours that help turn back the clock on facial aging. Results are very long-lasting, providing benefits for years. However, keep in mind that while a facial fat transfer can erase existing signs of age, it cannot protect against future aging. Over the years, the results of your fat transfer may diminish slightly as your aging process naturally continues.

Am I A Candidate For Facial Fat Transfer?

Men and women who would like to achieve facial rejuvenation may be candidates for facial fat transfer. Ideal candidates should meet the following requirements:

  • Are generally in good health
  • Do not smoke
  • Have sufficient fat to donate for transfer
  • Aren’t ready for a more invasive procedure such as a facelift
  • Have realistic expectations for what a facial fat transfer can achieve
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Why Choose Dr. Tansavatdi?

Dr. Kristina Tansavatdi is a plastic surgeon specializing the facial and reconstructive surgery. As a fellowship-trained, double board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, her experience and expertise in facial procedures such as a facial fat transfer make her an ideal choice for patients who would like to achieve beautiful facial rejuvenation. Dr. Tansavatdi is a meticulous perfectionist as a surgeon with a reputation for achieving outstanding results for her patients. 

Her impeccable credentials include her membership as a Fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, and the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Known for her integrity, professionalism, and caring approach to patients, Dr. Tansavatdi dedicates herself to staying at the cutting edge of aesthetic medicine in order to provide the utmost in naturally stunning results for her patients.

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